Rain is one of the most frequent external factors in traffic accidents in the world. More information on the subject, in the following article.
Any driver knows that the rain can arrive without warning. That is our tropical countries, without summer, winter, autumn or spring, a sunny day can become a storm in a matter of hours, causing, among others, traffic jams, delays, and, more serious still, traffic accidents.
According to research, 24% of the traffic collision that occurs on rainy days occur because drivers do not adapt correctly to the conditions needed to preventively handle rain (decreasing speed, for example).
Therefore, it is necessary that all agents of road safety (drivers of motor cars, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians) drive preventively so that this climate phenomenon does not become a tragedy for himself and for many families.
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Driving and rain: Some considerations
When it rains, traffic accidents multiply in our cities and roads. According to the expert some of the causes are:
Visibility: The rain worsens the visibility of the drivers, and for that reason, “we do not see the lines of the lane, the traffic signals and indications so well and it is hard for us to see the rest of the vehicles, especially through the rear view mirrors”.
Reaction capacity: The reaction capacity is reduced with rain, because, as we do not see properly what happens on the road, we will have less room to react in time to any event, such as a breaking of the vehicle ahead, an incident of transit, among others.
Adherence: When it rains, the behavior of the vehicle gets worse, because the adherence of the tires on the pavement is reduced. So it is easier for the wheels to “skid” when accelerating or for the car to skid in a curve, a phenomenon known as “Aquaplaning”.
Braking distance: The braking distance is also affected by rain and similar weather conditions. Also, and very related to the above is that the braking distance increases. Because the tires no longer grip the ground equally well, but also because at the time of braking we can find Wet discs and brake pads. Keep in mind that when it rains the braking distance can increase to twice what it would be on the wet ground. It is therefore essential to reduce the speed, to avoid problems of lack of grip, and also increase the safety distance because more meters are needed to break the vehicle.
Motorcyclists, the most vulnerable
One of the road agents who suffer most with the arrival of the rain is precisely motorcyclists. For them, the following recommendations to avoid traffic accidents:
- Avoid driving with a helmet with the film tarnished, as this can affect your visibility.
- Make regular stops during the trip to avoid cramps caused by the cold and other adverse effects on the body.
- If you do not have much experience driving motorcycles, avoid doing it in rainy weather. It requires a special experience to do it.
- Check the condition of the motorcycle lights frequently. These are fundamental to avoid accidents in rainy climates since they provide visibility to the motorcyclist.
- Avoid zigzagging between lanes when it rains, since with this climate drivers have less visibility and poor grip on the asphalt and can perform dangerous overtaking maneuvers without proper precaution.
Always wear extra gloves, because when they get wet you can lose the ability to break the bike correctly.
When you arrive at your destination, dry the parts of the motorcycle that got wet because of the rain: the controls, the discs, the handlebar, etc.
- Reduce speed in situations of rain, snow, fog, etc.
- Turn on the lights throughout the tour.
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Continuously check the condition of the tires, brakes, lights, etc., so that in rainy situations the vehicle does not fail and an accident occurs.
- Be especially careful with pedestrians and motorcyclists on the road.
- Avoid distractions.
What other advice do you give us to handle properly under rainy conditions? Tell us.